Local NJ MMA Fighter Takes a Stand Against Teen Bullying
Tom DeBlass, a well-known Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and professional MMA fighter, has demonstrated extraordinary compassion by addressing a distressing episode of bullying that recently impacted a young teen in Brick.
Upon stumbling across a troubling post on social media, Tom extended his support and courage to Cameron Carter, a 13-year-old boy who had endured a traumatic bullying incident while fishing with a friend.
Taking to his Instagram page, Tom DeBlass recounted the incident, shining a light on Cameron's experience at the hands of a large group of teens.
This group subjected Cameron to cruel actions, including destroying his fishing pole and forcing him into degrading activities, all under the threat of violence if he resisted.
In response to an unfortunately common occurrence in today's society, Tom DeBlass invited Cameron and his family to join him at his gym, Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Forked River.
He promised to personally train Cameron, going as far as to assert, "If anyone has plans of hurting him again, his problems will now become my problems, and my problems will become many men's problems. Trust me, no one wants problems."
Tom DeBlass' post gained significant traction, resonating with the community and sparking a powerful movement against bullying.
Comments flooded in, expressing unwavering support, such as "We support you, homie," "I live in Brick. If this young man ever wants to go fishing, I would love to be there by his side," and "I will be there Saturday to give this young man a new rod and reel. My family also lives in Brick, and this bullying needs to stop for all kids!"
Cameron's father also embraced the cause, organizing a bullying prevention campaign to raise awareness and unite the community against this pervasive issue.
The event is set to take place on Saturday, September 20th, at Lake Riviera Park from 1-3 p.m., bringing people together to stand against bullying and foster a safer environment for all.
For more information on how to help stop bullying on the spot, go to stopbullying.gov.